The bonding game at MysticalGolf in South Carolina
published by TravelGolf Nov. 30, 2014
How often does a parent get to spend four uninterrupted days playing golf with a grownup son who is running a business and father of three? In the 'Top 10' best life experiences? You bet. Whereas just getting ready to tee up requires a certain process on my part— stretching, hot shower, drugs (you know the drill) son Mike just needs to wake up and show up.
Thanks to Claude Pardue, owner of a trio of fine courses that make up MysticalGolf in South Carolina, that’s exactly what I got to do. Pardue invited golf writers and a guest to play a three-day best ball tournament. Mike and I are the only mother-son team in the field and after playing three years our expectations are realistic: have fun, don't kill each other and don't finish last.
Getting Mystical with Myrtle Beach Travel, Golf
published by Crave Online Nov. 26, 2014
The atmosphere of Myrtle Beach stands far away from the rarified ocean air of Palm Beach or Miami Beach. Think Daytona, with a little more class and calmer local residents. Marked with a mix of colorful local restaurants, basic tourist attractions and a culture tied innately to the sea, and Myrtle Beach is where someone can go for vacation without worrying about if his swim trunks are in style. The Grand Strand and Boardwalk offers endless ocean views without the money soaked ennui of beaches farther south — offering instead no frills entertainment.
On my recent tour of the area, I spent my time tearing into three of the area’s top golf courses. They all fall under the umbrella of Mystical Golf – a locally owned and operated links organization dedicated to keeping elite golf in Myrtle Beach affordable and accessible to locals and friendly tourists.
The three courses in the Mystical family are Man O’ War, The Witch and The Wizard. While situated near each other on the inland side of Myrtle, each has a distinct ambiance and character to offer different challenges to any player’s game.
Man O’ War (top) is a more traditional parkland course. There’s ample, but avoidable water — and plenty of sand in keeping with the area’s ocean heritage. The fairways on Man O’ War are wide and inviting, the border vegetation infrequently deep enough to eat your golf ball.
The Witch is the most aesthetically pleasing of the three courses. Built into more of a swamp environment, The Witch serves up more trees and more water than its sister courses. Its natural wetland surroundings also offer up the largest and most easily visible menagerie of wildlife, including small gators, snakes and egrets. Suffice to say, if you put a ball in the water on The Witch, just take another one out of the sleeve and move down the fairway.
Finally, The Wizard struck me as the most difficult of the Myrtle Beach outings. While not overly long, it has almost a links style layout featuring mid-hole vegetation hazards, sand and bumpy terrain making for difficult lies. Now, that doesn’t make it a disappointment to play. It’s still an attractive course and affordable to play. The visitor just needs to brace him or herself for a challenge.
Glory or Graveyard? The 5 Scariest Golf Shots in Myrtle Beach
published by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Nov. 10, 2014
For 15 holes, The Wizard is a links style course where water isn’t a factor, but that changes on the last three, capped by the par 4 18th. Playing 421 yards from the tips and 394 yards from the whites, it’s a long hole that requires a forced carry over water on the approach. There is no bailout room and a 235-yard drive from the white tees still leaves approximately 165 to get home. On a course that gives players the chance to score, the approach on No. 18 at the Wizard can be a curse on your round!
published by Photo Gallery: The Witch course near Myrtle Beach, S.C. brews up some intimidating golf Oct. 31, 2014
Built on 500 acres, much of it swampland, The Witch meanders through wetlands without disturbing the habitat. Some 4,000 feet of bridges see to that, and the holes bump against the natural lakes that often come into play.
With trees and water everywhere, it seems, the Dan Maples-designed, 6,796-yard par 71 can be a scary test (133 slope) for most players.
The golf course is really a tale of two nines. The front uses up the majority of the land, has the most bridges and is played through the wetlands and deep forest. It's also 3,600 yards long, while the back, which has a few elevated tees and more open holes, is around 3,200 yards from the tips, but the finishing stretch of 16, 17 and 18 will certainly get your attention.
One of the more unique aspects of the golf course, one of three owned and operated by Mystical Golf in Myrtle Beach, is the tee markers. They are made from the small hardwood stumps that pierce through the water in the swamps and naturally resemble a witch's hat. In addition, there's plenty of wildlife, including alligators and wild turkeys
Top Three Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach Worth the Trip
published by Golf for Beginners Oct. 24, 2014
If you have visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on previous golf vacations, chances are you have heard of, or played, one or more of the three Mystical Golf Courses within fifteen minutes of the Coast. With over one-hundred golf courses to choose from, here are a few reasons why the Witch, Wizard and Man O'War are definitely worth a trip to the Beach!
Survival is the name of the game on the three Mystical Golf Courses.
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